Community Engagement

University police officers in falcon hub with police dog and students

Community engagement focuses on developing relationships between the community and the officers they come into contact with. Because of the relationships, the community members may feel a sense of loyalty to the officers and ultimately each is more cooperative with the other. Over time, this type of policing develops a more robust relationship between the police department and the university community, which in turn, helps to enhance campus safety.

You can explore and learn more of our Community Engagement efforts here:

New Offerings

SAVE (Security Awareness and Vigilance for Everyone)

The Security Awareness and Vigilance for Everyone (SAVE) course recognizes that no one understands operations better than the front line employee and community members.  The knowledge of what does, or doesn’t, belong in a campus environment is enhanced in the  S.A.V.E. course. The course is designed to empower community members to be responsible and recognize their role in the security of his/her environment by teaching the community members how to recognize and report suspicious behaviors by using behavior pattern methods. 

Until Help Arrives

We have also adopted a Federal Emergency Management Agency program called Until Help Arrives, designed to show participants simple, potentially life-saving actions they can take in an emergency until professional assistance is available. The training is available upon request.

You can request more information or schedule an event for your department, club, organization, or group by submitting a Community Engagement Request Form or emailing Nicole Arcangeli,

Learn more about our offerings on our UPD Calendar of Training and Events page.

Safety Escort Service

The Fitchburg State University Police Department, in keeping with its service-orientated philosophy, provides safety escorts to the University community for reasons such as a student does not feel safe to walk or as part of an individual’s safety plan. A safety escort may be requested at any time by calling our main dispatch number: 978.665.3111. Depending on the time of day/night and call volume, safety escorts may be conducted by a Police Officer or Student Security Member. Safety Escort does not equate to a ride, as some escorts may be provided by a walking escort. The University also offers a shuttle service through the Montachusett Regional Transit Authority (MART), which provides safe transport to and from various locations throughout the campus and surrounding community. The shuttles stop at designated shuttle stops throughout the main campus and off-campus locations.

We believe that sometimes to best assist a student, a team approach should be used. Below are links to some of the other departments on campus that we, the University Police, work closely with:

Other Services We Provide

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